Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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Film Info
Film Type:Special Presentation
Narrative Feature
Themes:Romance
Drama
Current Events/History
LGBTQ+
Release Year:2019
Runtime:119 min
Production Country:France
Original Language:French, Italian
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Céline Sciamma
Cast:Noémie Merlant
Adèle Haenel
Luàna Bajrami
Producer(s):Véronique Cayla
Bénédicte Couvreur
Screenwriter:Céline Sciamma
Cinematographer:Claire Mathon
Internal Info
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Description

France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse's portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.

Winner of a coveted Cannes prize and one of the best reviewed films of the year, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE solidifies Céline Sciamma as one of the most exciting filmmakers working in the world today. Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel turn the subtle act of looking into a dangerous, engrossing thrill, crafting the most breathtaking and elegant performances of the year. To watch Marianne and Héloïse fall in love is to see love itself invented onscreen. With contemporary themes in period dress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is one of the greatest love stories ever told.

Courtesy of NEON.

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